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The participants collect off-types and weeds during their field inspection and rouging activity.


ATI BicolCenter Director, Dir. Elsa A. Parot delivers her inspirational message to the participants.

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The participants and Director Elsa Parot and the training team gesture a 'progress sign'.

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur- The Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center V (ATI Bicol) continues its mission as a catalyst for agricultural development in the region. Recently, they organized a comprehensive training titled “Strengthening Seed System For Rice Farming: Swak na Ani sa de Kalidad na Binhi (Training on Inbred Rice Seed Production, Certification, and Quality Control for Potential Seed Growers with GAD Concepts) Batch 1”. Held from March 18-22, 2024 at Dagooc Integrated Farm in Brgy. Carolina, Naga City, the event aimed to equip potential seed growers with the necessary skills and knowledge to produce high-quality inbred rice seeds.

Twenty-eight participants from various provinces across the Bicol Region, including Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, and Masbate, attended the training.

The training covered a wide array of topics crucial to inbred rice seed production, including seed certification policies, cultural management practices, varietal selection, seed testing methods, and postharvest technologies. Special emphasis was given to gender and development, aligning with the celebration of National Women’s Month.

Hands-on activities formed an integral part of the training, allowing participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge in real-world scenarios. Practical sessions on field inspection, seed testing, and quality control were conducted in various locations. Participants actively engaged in activities such as moisture content determination and physical purity tests, enhancing their skills and understanding of seed production processes.

The training culminated in a closing program where ATI Bicol Center Director Elsa A. Parot commended the participants for their dedication. She stressed the importance of producing high-quality inbred rice seeds to improve rice production in the Philippines and urged the participants to apply what they learned in their communities.

Three participants were selected to share their insights, highlighting the impact of the training on their knowledge and skills. The positive feedback from participants underscores the success of the program, indicating ATI Bicol’s commitment to empowering farmers and advancing agricultural sustainability in the region.